Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Fire prediction technology bill moves through Colorado House

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    DENVER - The National Center for Atmospheric Research has fire behavior prediction software that could save lives during a wildfire. When NCAR runs the program using the exact conditions of the Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in 2013, it predicts the unexpected...

  • Colorado Springs senator defends fetal homicide bill

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    DENVER - Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, defended on Wednesday his fetal homicide bill from accusations that it would allow mothers to be charged with murder for health care decisions like abortions or refusing a potentially life-saving cesarean section. Cadman's...

  • Senate President Cadman introduces fetal homicide bill

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, introduced a fetal homicide bill Tuesday evening that would enable Colorado prosecutors to file murder charges when an unborn baby is killed. Senate Bill 268 was drafted in response to a case in Longmont where a woman who was 7 months...

  • Crackdown on pot caregivers likely to pass Colorado Senate

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    DENVER - A crackdown of the unlicensed and largely unregulated medical marijuana growers known as "caregivers" passed the Colorado Senate Tuesday on a voice vote with no opposition and will likely clear the chamber Wednesday in a final vote. Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and author...

  • Last of gun bills fizzle out

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Democrats killed the last of the gun bills brought this session by Republicans hoping to roll back gun control measures they feel infringe on their Second Amendment rights. It was another marathon committee meeting that lasted 12 hours and was filled with emotional testimony from the...

  • Gun measures fuel debate, but no change to Colorado laws

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    DENVER - For almost two years Colorado has required those buying guns from private individuals to pass background checks, and the effectiveness of the checks has been a source of regular debate in the Capitol. The debate was sparked again Monday as Republican lawmakers tried to...

  • Hearing set for Douglas Bruce over possible probation violations; he could return to jail

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    DENVER - A questionable real estate deal that has brought an ethics probe against a Colorado Springs city councilwoman is on a list of alleged probation violations that could land Douglas Bruce back in jail. Bruce appeared before Denver District Judge Sheila A. Rappaport on Friday to...

  • Gun bills up again under the gold dome

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Driving by the Capitol this morning was a Nebraska truck with a bumper sticker that said "Experts Agree Gun Control Works" and then had the Communist hammer and sickle and the Nazis swastika. It was a flashback to 2013 when Democrats passed five gun bills in response to the Aurora...

  • Legislative roundup: Testing bill moves forward, gun debate up next week

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The education debate is making for interesting bedfellows at the state Capitol. It's bending the political spectrum where some of the most conservative education advocates are teaming up with some of the most liberal to get things done. Sen. Owen Hill, a Republican from Colorado...

  • Colorado Springs mom advocates for end to PARCC testing in Denver rally

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    DENVER - One of the more drastic anti-testing bills proposed this legislative session drew parents from one Colorado Springs charter school to speak in support of an overhaul to the state's testing system. "As a business person if you start investing into a process and you find that...

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